CONCERT SERIES ANNOUNCED: The Downtown Sundown Concert Series, scheduled for Fridays, May 23 to Aug. 30, features tribute bands for the Stones, U2, the Beatles, Aerosmith, Skynyrd, and more. Also included are nationally touring party bands Coconut Groove and Right On. See the full lineup here.
DRESS-A-RAMA: earthBOUND Day Spa and Salon (4833 Carolina Beach Road, Wilmington) invites the community to donate at least two gently used dresses on May 1 (5:30-8pm). All participants are eligible for a shopping spree for $5 dresses. Proceeds benefit Cape River Watch Foundation, and unsold dresses will be donated to Vintage Values, a secondhand store dedicated to helping women affected by domestic violence. Call (910) 791-9160 for more information.
FREE HIKES: The City of Wilmington offers family hikes through the Stanley Rehder Carnivorous Plant Garden at Piney Ridge Nature Preserve. Hikes -- scheduled Saturdays, May 3 through Aug. 30 from 10am to noon -- provide a chance to learn about the different types of insectivorous plants and their unique adaptations, and the history of the garden. No registration required. Call (910) 341-0075 for more information.
ACTORS WANTED: Face.Age, a collaboration between UNCW Film Studies Department Chair Dave Monahan and Penn State Professor (and former UNCW Theatre Department chair) Andrew Belser, is accepting applications for participants between the ages of 18 and 24 and 65+, for a film shoot scheduled for May 15-16. Please email with any questions.
NAVIGATING HEALTHCARE: Hill, Chesson & Woody (HCW), a health and welfare benefits brokerage and consulting firm that designs, manages and implements employee benefit programs, hosts a free educational seminar focusing on some new requirements of healthcare reform on Apr. 30, at Cape Fear Country Club (1518 Country Club Road, Wilmington). The program, second in HCW’s three-part Get Smarter series, will help prepare North Carolina employers for the impacts of the Affordable Care Act on their health and welfare benefit plans.
YUM! SPAGHETTI! Havana's Restaurant (6722 Wrightsville Avenue, Wilmington) hosts a Dine-To-Donate on Monday, April 28, with all proceeds going toward research for the cure of Cystic Fibrosis. For just $10, Chef Jeff will be serving a three-course spaghetti dinner with salad, bread, dessert. Dinner times are at 5pm, 6:30pm and 8pm. Please call (252) 619-2463 or use email for ticket information.
ATTENTION NEW ARTISTS: Applications are being accepted for the inaugural Bellamy Mansion Emerging Art Show, the highlight of a five-week celebration of the visual arts from Oct. 2 to Nov. 6. Submissions should showcase the beauty of the Bellamy using its history and architecture as inspiration. Artists are encouraged to complete an application form asap with payment of $20 ($10 for students), to receive access to the Mansion to draw, paint or photograph. Deadline is Aug. 30. Download an application here.
TENNIS, EVERYONE? The Greater Wilmington Tennis Association and Play Tennis NC present Tennis: Give it a Try, four free clinics on May 3 and 10, and June 7 and 14.
FREE SHAPE UP: Port City Jazzercise offers free classes April 21-28. No joining fee for new members who sign up by electronic fund transfer. Contact Barbara via email or at (910) 686-5591 for more information.